Baby Tears – Soleirolia soleirolii (Helxine soleirolii)

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Baby Tears – Soleirolia soleirolii (Helxine soleirolii)

Common Name: Baby Tears, Pollyanna Vine, Angel's Tears, Irish Moss, Corsican Curse

Botanical Name: Soleirolia soleirolii (Helxine soleirolii), so-lee-ROL-i-a so-lee-ROL-e-i

Decorative Life: Months to years.

Flower Color: ,

  • Named for M. Soleirol who collected plants extensively in Corsica (hence, one of its common names) in the early 1700s.
  • Useful terrarium plant or in combination with much larger plants where it can grow to cover the surface of growing media in pots.
  • Other family members such as Boehmeria nivea and Laportea canadensis provide fibers for textiles, while some species of Laportea and Urtica have edible leaves.